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>> in the news this saturday morning, june 16th, dozens of people are displaced right now on the peninsula after an apartment building fire in burlingame. investigators are trying to find out what sparked a 300-acre wildfire in sunol as firefighters prepare for a busy weekend. good morning, i'm terry mcsweeney. the busy weekend has to do with the heat we will be having. here is lisa with the hot one for you. >> good morning. a beautiful start to the day. 5:47 the official start to sunrise. we are looking for a red flag in effect for the higher elevations of the north bay. you will notice lake county, napa, sonoma, the higher elevations in marin county,
looking at the critical fire weather. we have winds from 15 to 30 miles an hour. could see gusts up to 40 miles an hour and the relative humidity in the teens. we will be looking at the winds to continue to ramp up throughout the morning hours and then they will die back, but then the heat is our next issue. noontime the 60s and 70s. and even 80s. by the afternoon we are talking about 102. spare the air day today. but relief is in sight. i'll explain later. terry. >> dozens of people are burned out of their homes right now after an apartment fire in burlingame is destroyed three units and damned another. the call came in as a grease fire just after 11:00 last night. fire crews arrived to find several third floor apartments in flamed. fire was knocked down in about an hour. there are no injuries. this morning the red cross is helping 4 displaced residents.
fire investigators are still trying to determine how the fire got started and spread so quickly. those are also questions in morning either of fremont where fire crews of keeping watch on the welch fire. they are investigating how the 300-acre wildfire in the sunol regional which wilderness got sd yesterday afternoon. the fire was 90% contained late last night but the crews won't declare if fully under control until they see it by date. >> reporter: more than 200 firefighters, supported by helicopters and fixed wing aircraft fought flames, eat and flames here. as you see from sky 7hd, the flames rapidly consumed the dry brush and grasses on the hillside. five fire agencies, including the department of corrections, were on hand. >> we hit it hard with a lot of resources. we also with the heat that we've been experiencing, and will be experiencing, we wanted to throw a lot of resources at it quickly to try to done taken it. >> in this is the kind of dry
grassland that could have caused the fire to on more than 1,000 acres according to firefighters. john, who raises his cattle on the land which is owned by the san francisco water district, came by to check on the damage. >> we just need to go find out how far back it burned and if we need to fix fence or has it damaged water facilities or what. >> a little more than 300 acres were charred. no homes or structured were threatened. fire danger in the bay area hills is high. a fire broke out in marijuana -- marin county just after red flag warnings were put out. the fire chief said if the winds were a concern there, there will be a problem here. >> within marin county the winds don't know when to stop. if they are in the bay area the winds will potentially surface, maybe not to the red flag potential, but they will be increasing. >> the fire began on the grass about ten feet off the road. they placed flag markers around the flagged area to determine exactly how the fire started.
fire investigators will not say whether the fire was suspicious or not until they analyze all the evidence. ay7 news. . >> stunning new information this morning about that fire that disrupted bart service thursday. a night watch man said he was forced at gunpoint to leave that building where the fire broke out. that's according to our media partner the oakland tribune. he was surprised by three men just before the fire erupted about 2:00 a.m. in a senior citizen home under construction. building inspector and two atf agents entered the burned-out building yesterday to determine if it is safe enough for an investigation to begin into the cause of that fire. there are parts that possibly could collapse inside so the building engineer is just going to come and reassess the situation, make sure what parts are actually safe and unsafe for the investigators to go inside. >> the police have not confirmed the night watch man's story. investigators are look for suspects in video caught by bart security cameras.
in there is a ruptured water tank that released a bad odor into the air. a smell of rotten eggs went through rodeo yesterday. the refinery officials expect a run tower will be sealed by this afternoon. a health advisory was issued warning people with breathing problems to stay indoors. right now in oakland parents are camped out on one of several school campuses trying to prevent them from being shut down in a cost cutting move. john austin sorts reports on the occupation of lakewood elementary school. >> as the sun went down the tents went up at the school with some parents and their children hoping to make a statement. >> wanting to come down and speak out against what's going on in oakland and i want everyone in oakland and across the nation know that this is going to stop. we are going to stop this on our
public education. it's not acceptable. >> lakewood closed for good. >> we plan on staying here until something changes. >> lakewood is one of five public schools order shut down. the school blames money problems and declining enrollment. one school was spared. lazear elementary will become a charter school. >> although it's a tough decision it's one we need to make for the overall benefit of the school district. >> the final day of class brought out parents and children with a heartfelt connection to lakeview. >> i am going to miss it. i drive by and say that's a great school. and i want to be able to say that more often. >> we cared for each other's children, we would make sure that everyone had rides. you know, we had each other's backs and i think that's important. >> now protesters are having their say. the school district said it will allow them to stay for the time
being: the protests settled down as the night drew on. it drew a wide array of demonstrators, including some familiar face from the occupy oakland protests. another rally is scheduled for 2:00 this afternoon. abc7 news. an am immediata superior court judge accused of stealing his neighbor's money and then lying about it is scheduled to enter a plea next month. 57-year-old paul semen got a feeling what it is like to be the accused. he defraud his neighbor of her investment acts and bank accounts. >> i have no comments to make. we haven't had a chance to read the complaint or the amended complaint that we just received and have no comments beyond that at this time. >> those accounts semen add his name to totaled more than $2 million. he was serving as judge as recently as thursday when he was arrested. coming up next, outrage and celebration, how president obama
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mubarak was the fifth ruler to rule egypt up until a year ago. and people under age 16 will not be deported. >> this is not amnesty or immunity. this is not a path to citizenship. it's not a permanent fix. >> in one sweeping act, young illegal immigrants can stay as long as they have lived here continuously for the past five years or they are attending or have graduated from school, or have been honorably discharged from the military. the story does not end there. critics of the president's decision claim he acted illegally by side-stepping congress. we have reaction from san jose from both sides of the controversy. >> she just became a u.s. citizen last year. she was born in mexico and came to america with her parents when she was five. she graduated from san jose state in 2010 and is an active member of student advocates for
higher education. >> the group is advocating for all students, regardless of legal status, to obtain a college degree. >> the organization held a scholarship fundraiser in san jose. it doubles as a party to celebrate president obama's announcement of less deportation enforcement for young, undocumented immigrants. >> these students have been here since their younger years, and they are going to college so they can go back to their communities. it's not like they are going to go back to their native land. they are from here and they want to stay here, help the community and not rely on social services, not rely on unemployment. >> republicans, however, are voicing their opposition, including mitt romney. >> the president's action makes reaching a long-term solution more difficult. >> the care of the california gop agrees. >> this could be more device i have in the long run and less helpful to the country than if he created consensus and passed
a law. >> but she says it's a huge step in the right direction that might help him in re-election. >> he might pull a lot of latino votes because of this and if he is going to do more than hawaii this, hopefully it doesn't stop here and it will probably be beneficial to him. >> i i did not and her who she s voting for but she told me now that she's aviette zone she's very excited to vote in her first presidential election. abc7 news. >> new this morning, a rocket carrying three chinese astronauts is now on its way to china's space station and one of the crewmembers is china's first female astronaut. the capsule lifted off about 9:30 our time this morning about the edge of the the desert. the 34-year-old astronaut and counter parts are going to launch with the space station this year. it's the third manned spacious mission. the first back in 2003. back at home state agencies said they have already
identified eight times as many cases of west nile virus in mosquitoes this year than in last. this year it was april and last year it wasn't until june. the experts say a warm, wet spring created ideal conditions for mosquitoes to thrive and reproduce and there are new federal pesticides rule that hamper control. we are looking at a little bit of patchy fog out there. not much. you can see it's already getting light out there. the sun is up at 5:47. no win from the roof camera but texas are going to soar. i'll have the numbers next. >> and next, tiger woods moves to the top of the u.s. open leaderboard.
the film festival is policing to be as exciting as always. >> casey price is the man leading the san francisco international film festival. it's the largest film festival in the world featuring more than 217 films from 30 different countries. the theme this years find your story. programming he describes as informative, edgy and all-inclusive. >> we have a total of 104 programs over the course of 11 days. >> one of the most buzzed-about films this year is a documentary called lover or die. it's the story of gene robinson, the first openly gay bishop fighting for lbg fights. >> it's about a brave man and having him be there, it will be a special moment. >> there are racier films, but price said it's also about san francisco, home to a festival that couldn't produce
the same chemistry anywhere else. >> to share a frame line film with our audience at the castro theatre, it's a unique event. >> a slumping economy meant they have had to work harder to secure donors and volunteers. but price said stream lining the organization and having everyone to work a little harder has pulled everything together without a hitch. >> in san francisco, nick smith, abc7 news. >> for information about the festival and movie show times we have posted a link on our website at abc7news.com. the sixth annual east bay a's walk take place this morning at oakland's lake merit. the 5k walk begins at 10:00 and you can still sign up starting at 8:00. funds raised go to help local hiv a's organizations which help more than 10,000 east bay residents living with a's. the event it put on by the east bay a's advocacy organization
and it is staffed with volunteers and 100% donations going toward the organizations. what is it going to be like in oakland at 10:00? >> it will probably be in the 60s. it should be very nice but it gets kind of uncomfortable quickly. >> so hurry up and walk. >> yeah. we are talking about the first spare the air day of the season and perhaps the first triple digit afternoon in the valleys. looking hazy and the sun will be up soon, 5:47. we are looking at the beginning of summer on wednesday, the sun setting at 8:44, 14 hours 46 hours of day light. live doppler 7 hd right now all is quiet. we don't even have any high clouds or low clouds to show you but we are certainly watching the relative humidity and the wind for a potential for fires as the red flag warning continues right on through 9:00 this morning for the higher elevations of the north bay. 15 to 30 mile-an-hour winds out
of north with gusts up to 40 for lake county and marin county. critical fire weather with the relative humidity right now and about 38, 39%. not bad but elsewhere in the 70, 80% range and that quickly will dry out today. look at these numbers at 5:00 this morning. 64 livermore, 60 san jose, but a chilly 48 half moon bay with visibility at about 5 miles. we are warmer this morning by as much as 8 degrees. mountain view 12 degrees warmer than yesterday morning in livermore. so starting out with a little bit more heat. so it's not going to take much with the strong ridge of high pressure to get to those triple digits in our inland valleys today. high fire danger continues in the hills and we will cool down quickly. the fog comes back overnight tonight. it looks like the winds will pick up. it is going to stay out of the bay, though, until tomorrow. so air quality good along the coast but you saw still pretty hazy out there, and certainly
poor for our east bay valleys, inland and the santa clara valleys. take it easy. if you need to exercise i would do it early because by the afternoon not only do we have no fog but the higher pressure pushing on the atmosphere and the warm temperatures. take a look. the only place that will be spared pretty much the shoreline a few high clouds from time too time as the high continues to build to the north of us and the flow around the high increasing that offshore flow. and that will allow for compressional down sloped winds and that's the quick heating of the day. so today the numbers soar and then by tomorrow, though, look what happens. the fog comes back quickly. we will have the sea breeze and much, much cooler tomorrow. in and around the bay today we are talking 90s from san jose, 95 in campbell, 91 in menlo park with 82 milbrae. 70s at the coast, half moon bay, pacifica. in the city warmer today by as much as 6 degrees. downtown 75. 95 in novato, 7 in napa but 100
as you get toward cloverdale, and 87 san leandro with oakland 85. really high here, pleasanton 100 and down by the bay, and 84 in santa cruz. a look ahead. we called it a short and brief warmup but this is the place to be, numbers in 60s and 70s if you need the relief. otherwise everyone will cool off tomorrow. as much as 15 degrees cooler in spot. cooling trend continues and pleasant after that. >> a strong farewell to spring. >> yeah. >> thanks a lot. tiger woods tees off at 3:05 this afternoon in the third round of the u.s. open. yesterday tiger was not the only one turning heads during the difficult second round. here is rick with the details in this morning's sports. >> good morning. it's not often a 17-year-old can steal some of tiger's thunder but that's what amateur beau
hossla did yesterday at the second round of the open. the 2003 open champ gym -- jim furyk takes the lead here. and david toms knocks down this birdie to an even par 70. michael thompson dropped two strokes back. a par-412. thompson, 75. teague her a spring of three straight bogeys but also made some great shots like this one. a 25-footer for birdie. tying we're a 70, has a share of the second-round lead. my favorite story had to be lossler beau hat one point had sole possession of the lead. he finished with a 73. he's just four off the pace. so at the halfway point it's tigers, thomas and fukushima --
and furyk sharing the lead. let's hear from tiger. >> i think i'm in a good spot. right now i think i'm tied for the lead. i don't know what tomcy did but i'm in a good spot and looking forward to it. going off late tomorrow so get some good rest. i know it takes a bit out of us, but sobeit. i would much rather being there than missing cuts or just making the cut. >> one of the big signings in the offseason was manny ramirez but yesterday he was asked for his release and was given it. he had been playing at triple-a sacramento and didn't think he was going to get called up anytime soon. >> and the a's were back at home to take on the padres. some nifty defense by san diego's yonder alonzo who makes the beautiful sliding catch. and josh reddick rips this ball down the right-field line. the a's take a 2-1 lead as reddick winds up with a triple.
hot-hitting brandon moss went deep for the fourth straight game. this time a two-run blast. the a's score five times in the first and cruz to -- and crews to a 10-2 victory. and brianpocy has this solo shot. melky cabrera also went deep. vogelsong pitched seven strong innings for his fourth win of the season. 4-2, the final. vogelsong is now 5-0 in his last seven road starts. that's sports for a saturday morning. i'm rick kwan, go out and have a great day! >> coming up next, a big day for graduates at santa clara university with a silicon valley legend leading the commencement. >> and democrats avoid getting their pay docked by passing a state budget by the deadline. critics say it's incomplete and not balanced.
>> welcome back. topping our news this half-hour in this morning's weekly address president obama continues to pressure congress to pass his package of jobs bills. the president and mrs. obama just arrived in chicago where today they will attend the wedding of the daughter of a white house senior advisor. before leaving the white house president obama accused republicans of election year politics by dragging their feet when it comes to fixings the
economy. >> there's no excuse for congress to stand by and do nothing while so many families are struggling. no reason whatsoever. and right now congress should pass a bill to help states put thousands of teachers and firefighters and police officers back on on the job. they should have passed a billing a long time ago to put thousands of construction workers back to work rebuilding our roads and bridges and run ways. instead of talking about job creators, they should give small business owners tax breaks for hiring more workers and taking wages. last year governor walker survived a recall vote. walker said the country needs bold economic reforms by those made by former president ronald reagan 30 years ago. california lawmakers have approved a budget with a plan to balance the state's $15.7 billion deficit. the legislators met last night's midnight deadline to pass the budget and critics said they did
it so their pay wouldn't be docked. news capital correspondent nannette miranda has more from sacramento. >> democrats passed an on-time budget using the powers given them under proposition 25 in 2010. no republican votes were necessary. by approving the main spending plan before the midnight deadline they get to keep their entire paycheck. although they deny lost wages was the motivator. >> did you act quickly because of the deadline? >> no. >> and those couldn't be vote the on because the governor hasn't given his blessing. >> we acknowledge that we still have some more work to do in terms of negotiating with the governor. >> the governor and democratic leaders have yet to agree on how deeply to cut welfare, how many home care hours to take away from the elderly and disabled and whether to eliminate pell
grant for students attending private colleges. there was a veggity hoping that the governor will accept less severe cuts. >> no, that's wrong. there's common sense here. you have to stop cutting from the poor. >> besides the incomplete budget the republicans point out it relies on $8.5 billion worth of new taxes and assumes voters will pass them. that vote is still more than four months away. >> you think the voters are going to give you your tax increases come november and all you offer them is this sham, you are sadly out of touch. >> some lawmakers say a budget that's incomplete and relies on new taxes that may not come through should equal a dock in pay. >> the voter intent of prop 25 was on time, one that really balanced, and that if it wasn't so, that the legislators would lose pay. >> a judge ruled several weeks ago the state controller cannot be the sole determiner of
whether a state budget is balanced so republicans called on governor brown to veto this budget. in sacramento,na net miranda, ab. 67 news. >> unemployment rate fell to 10.8 from 10.9 in april. that's better than a year ago when it was 11.9%. california added 33,000 jobs last month. the iconic cofounder of apple will be the keynote speaker today at santa clara university's commencement ceremonies. steve yows knack is one of the original architect of the personal computing engineer. he serves at chief scientist at fusion i. o. the graduating twelve of 2012 heard his words of wisdom at 8:30 this morning. the ceremonies will take place
is underway in san jose. ab. c 7 news reporter jonathan bloom exit's happening in a city that still wasn't warmed up to the idea of medical cannabis. >> you don't need to stick your nose in a jar to smell mariana at hempcon. you do need a prescription from a doctor to get into this area, but don't worry, there are three doctors stationed out front and a line out the door to see them. of course, there's entertainment while you wait. >> henry hemp. >> henry hemp? >> yes. >> henry is pot personified. >> i'm launching my new henry hemp comic books. >> and, yes, he has superpowers. but they are getting together in a city that knocked down medical marijuana. san jose is still fighting over how to regulate the dispensaries or whether they should be
allowed at all. >> this is a little sweeter. >> why? >> because it shows we aren't going to be pushed around and bullied. >> the city council voted to cap the number of pot clubs earlier this year and then backed down after opponents got enough signatures to put it on the ballot. some leaders wish they wouldn't spend so much time on the fight. >> i think there are a lot more issues that should be focused on than preventing it from reaching the public. >> hempcon is happening next to a 17 and unvolleyball tournament. >> i understand there are concerns but we are doing a good job of policing ourselves and making sure there's no problems between the two events. >> chris jennings isn't the only one that told us the crowd seems bigger this year. >> i do think there are more people coming out that would not attend this five years ago, yeah. >> people who might perhaps vote in the next mayoral election? >> i think so for sure. >> in san jose, jonathan bloom, abc7 news. >> so whether you are going to the hempcon down in san jose,
the a's walk over in oakland, whatever you are doing today, what's it going to be like? >> there's a lot going on. the art festival in mari movement county and also italian festival in north beach so it will be hot. the 70s there. near 100 inland. the hottest day of the year possibly. and take a look, we have some haze and smog out there. this is the sutra camera. we will talk about how long the heat wave is going to last and how hot it will get coming up ahead. >> the folks in hempcon call that a purple head. next, it's the hottest text in town but what do you do if you don't have a ticket to the u.s. open. but wayne freedman found a back way in. and a biscotti, a phone that use your tv set to make calls. michael finney tested it out. we will have the results of his >> announcer: one fabric softener has that special
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flush. >> it's billed as a tv phone and just as the name implies you can cues it to make telephone calls from your television in high definition. mike finish found a way to put the tv phone to a test. >> this is the biscotti. it's named that because it looks kind of like the italian biscuit. you simply hook the 1.5-ounce device to the hdmi input on your tv. if you have a wi-fi connection you should be ready to go. we connected with the business cot city spokesman in dallas using the product. >> you can make business cot city calls and to google talk calls. >> this is the signal we received from a call made to discotty to someone on google
talk. it sells for $149. there are no monthly fees and domestic and international calls are free. >> we really feel like we were having a face-to-face visit. >> the voice quality in our call was clear but it had a hollow quality to it. the picture quality, crisp. we will experience some minor video breakup and voice interruption. >> push it back. >> but overall, the quality of the call was impressive. next we gave the discotty perhaps its biggest test ever. we attempted to call from the bay area to a remote region of afghanistan. >> i think it's going to be a challenge. it will be interesting to see how it goes. but we are up to the challenge. we will learn from it. >> i just knew that i loved him, and this is part of who he is. >> the california army national guard introduced us to anderson marie mitchell, a newlywed wife of staff sergeant frank
mitchell. he's deployed in afghanistan with the 2666 transportation company. the couple recently spent their first anniversary apart. >> you really miss him. it's just part of your life. they are just part of your life. you compliment each other. >> anderson marie currently lives with her daughter, shelby, and longs for the day she'll see her husband. she said the skype signal from afghanistan is extremely poor so she bunched at this opportunity to discotty with her husband. >> i was giddy with excitement and just thinking to have a clear picture of him and see him okay. >> now it's time for the call. her husband noise nothing about this, but with the help of his company, we were set to surprise him. unfortunately the picture never
stabilized. the call froze several times and disconnected. >> just like any other internet connection, eats only as good as the weakest link so if there is a wi-fi, a good wi-fi like there is in most residential environments, it will work fantastic. >> i'm michael finney, 7 on your side. >> well, the u.s. open in san francisco is the toughest ticket in town right now, assuming you can even find one. they are sold out. but as the average person really locked out? abc7 news reporter wayne freedman did a little poking around. >> the u.s. open is american golf's biggest digs, but without the proper paperwork it's pretty much a closed set. around the olympic club you will find a mays of barricades, presences, reroutings and rerouters. >> what if a guy wanted to sneak in? >> you know what? i think that's impossible. >> oh, yeah? imagine living less than 100 yards away and get to go
watch the u.s. open only after they route the pictures up into space and back. joseph thinks there's something wrong with that. he told us he has a solution. >> there's airlock in the security? >> there could be. >> so off we went. it's about two blocks up. seemed plausible after all a few years ago we caught up with bill clinton through a hole in the fence. now if we can beat the secret service, how tough could the united states golf association be? >> let's hope it makes it up the hill. >> in a parking lot neck to the course some of the u.s. volunteers were nice enough to give us a lift through the first two gates. on the premises now, moving past the official cars, a lot of official cars, actually, no fun intended. then it got tougher. we saw plenty of openings, but security posted even at the exits. >> how do we get past the rest? >> i have no idea. hi, how are you doing today?
>> not good. just past the main entrance we saw others who perhaps had the same idea as us. >> can't? >> no, have to go back through the checkpoint. >> in short, joseph hit the proverbial wall, a green wall, lots of green walls. >> i think this is the last stop for us. >> when we last saw joe, he was off to find another weak point. good luck. it may be easier to break out of jail than into the u.s. open. >> so close and yet so far if you live in the west lake section of daly city right next to the golf course. you are looking at the trees. you can see the olympic club from inside that house over there. the last time we spoke with joseph neil, he said he had two more days to meet his goal. from daly city, abc7 news. >> lisa has told me you found a way to sneak in but you don't want to reveal it because others may use it? >> my son maybe.
>> and we are looking at the fog out there. and the strong high pressure over us allowing for a spare the air day today. certainly you can see the haze and the sun officially up a minute ago. sunny at 8:34. >> purple haze. >> i wouldn't know anything about that, but you do. okay. tray said it's purple haze. [laughter] >> live doppler 7hd. and it's nice and quiet. but take care this afternoon because we are looking at some very warm temperatures. the warmest numbers we've seen all season long. and, in fact, critical fire weather for lake county, sonoma, the mountains of the north bay with some higher elevation winds gusting to 40 miles an hour. so we will look for that relative humidity to continue to decrease into the single digits. so we are looking at numbers already in the 60s. 75 antioch with 60 san jose. but look at that. half moon bay, 48 degrees.
so the spread is significant this morning with the warming already underway. 12 degrees warmer this morning livermore than you were yesterday morning on the peninsula. redwood city and mountain view, you are a lot warmer. we have an airshow in san carlos this afternoon. it should be quite hot with length of 80s there. near 100 for the tri-valley. high fire danger not only in the north bay, but with that triple digit heat and the relative humidity, really sinking without the fuel -- plenty of fuel in the hills without that moisture. it will be a very high fire danger for the diablo range right on through the day today. so with the cool expected tomorrow, the second part of the weekend pretty nice. so good air quality, but even by the water it's not the best. you can see the poor air quality for santa clara, the east bay valleys. here's a look what you expect in our temperature spread. wow. 80s close to oakland with upper 70s in san francisco. 90s elsewhere and it's all
because of high pressure strongly building into the nort% of us. a few high clouds from time too time today. and even as the high begins to drift to the east and that southerly surge returns for tomorrow, it is going to be still quite warm and quite dry out there. so it's going to take a couple days to feel the effects of that cooler marine air that's correct sea breeze. take a look. interior, wow, we are quite hot everywhere from sacramento to fresno and 78 in los angeles. we will look for numbers in the mid-90s. and peninsula 91 menlo park with 70 half moon bay, 82 milbrae, and right here it's very pleasant weather from daly city to south city in the 70s, north bay 95. 100 clear lake. 86 hayward, 90 union city with 99 in danville. 101 in livermore, brent radioed 103. looking at 80 in watsonville, 82 salinas and one more look at the u.s. open for today with numbers
starting out in the 50s, but later on around 70. we will have a weak sea breeze there. the look ahead, the cooling effect from the sea breeze will allow for numbers to drop into the mid-90s in the inland valleys. 80s for monday and tuesday. the warmest locations very comfortable. that will be around normal. a little bit warmer for the first day of summer wednesday. >> all right. thank you retch. a new era in theme park entertainment is underway in southern california. disney, our parent company, has reopened it's california adventure attraction after a massive makeover. it's cars land based on the pixar movie. here's don sanchez with the details. >> it's one wild ride. a visit to radioator springs where the cars come to live. >> we are getting a paint job on the car. >> you get a paint job and head out to the southwestern desert
for a head-to-head race on banks turn. >> and they are inspired by the movie "cars." >> when the gates open the crowd headed for it. this couple waited overnight for 12 hours. >> you see all the characters and go into it, it's incredible. >> how successful? three hours after opening there was a five hour wait. >> cars are a big part of california culture so it totally fits being in our particular park. >> this was the parking lot. it's now a new home for cars. >> it's an example of pixar animators working with disney engineer. >> what's impressive is the detail. it's what walt disney did with the original descendents any land and that's what we strive to do here. >> the buildings here are
evocative of buildings that were in los angeles. >> there's a replica of the theatre where snow white opened in 1937. walt's dream, realized. it's part of a billion dollars makeover and disney tells us how important theme parks are in the company. >> because what have parks are are, these big, iconic places that people can actually become part or emerse themselves in. >> and disney california adventure, dop sanchez, abc news. >> coming up next, a daredevil high wire stroll across niagara falls. the
>> take a look at the megamillions numbers last night. nobody got them all so tuesday night's jock pot estimated at $48 million. this morning a retired east bay high school teacher is on his way home after a frightening adventure. a whale nearly sunk his sailboat off the coast of mexico. he was baling water when this video was taken wednesday from the nose of an alameda coast guard c-130 plane. the whale broke the rudder and propeller, and there was a hole in the ship.
his only comment was aargh! >> he did it. nik wallenda walked across niagara falls on a two inch tightrope last night in a megastunt you might have seen here on abc7. amazing dramatic pictures. well over 100,000 people at the falls watching in person as the 33-year-old daredevil became the first person to make the 1800-foot trip from new york to canada. good morning america is going to have much more coming up in about an hour from right now. and next at six, a bad combination, why firefighters say this could be a very busy father's day weekend. and parents who won't give up. an overnight protest to keep their children's schools open. it's coming up.